Management Team

The Management Team of WAICA Reinsurance Corporation are provided below:

Mr. Ezekiel Abiola Ekundayo

Group Managing Director/CEO

Mr Ekundayo started his insurance career in 1984 with a brokerage firm and later moved to WAPIC Insurance Company Limited. He joined Globe Reinsurance Plc in December 1989.

The hard working and resourceful Mr. Ekundayo was consistently identified with the growth of the company. He was appointed Executive Director in 2000 and was later confirmed as the Deputy Managing Director in 2001. In 2007, he became the Managing Director/CEO of the company.

His experience as insurance practitioner covers large areas of the profession including brokerage, marketing, underwriting, reinsurance, investment and risk management. He piloted the company to the Francophone countries in the West Coast thus making Globe Re the first Nigerian Reinsurance Company to do business with the Francophone world, being a bilingual Executive.

He has varied and a broad spectrum experience in executive management and technical educational fields having attended courses, both locally and internationally. These include leading the team course at Lagos Business School, Reinsurance Strategic Management at the prestigious Wit Business School, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and Managing People Effectively at D & B Business Training Services, London.

He graduated from the Lagos State Polytechnic where he studied Insurance and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Lagos State University, he is a fellow of both Chartered Insurance Institute London (with specialization in reinsurance) and Chartered Institute of Marketing of Nigeria.

Dr. Abiba Zakariah

Group Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Samuel Jasper Baidoo

Director (Finance)

Jasper is our pioneer CFO. He is a finance and insurance professional with passion for strategy, leadership, operational efficiency and risk management. Equipped with over 17 years of insurance and reinsurance industry experience across Africa, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise in the theory and practice of finance, accounting, auditing, taxation, treasury management and budgeting.  A highly skilled CFO with proven track record of achievements in strategy formulation and implementation to drive operations, revenue and profit growth objectives within subsidiaries and regional offices.

He was appointed to establish the audit departments of both Quality Insurance Company Limited and Star Assurance Company Limited leading to efficiencies in controls and smooth business operations. He was later selected as CFO to re-engineer and restructure the finance department of Wapic Insurance (Ghana) Limited to make it more responsive to strategic objectives and to improve the bottom line. He also had an exciting career at the University of Cape Coast (School of Business Studies) and World Vision International.

Jasper holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and MBA Finance from University of Leicester, UK.  He is both a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Insurer. He is thus a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana) and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) UK. Jasper has attended several seminars and conferences both home and abroad in leadership, insurance, financial management, information technology, among others. He was a member of the finance committee of Ghana Insurers Association (GIA).

Mr. Clement Owusu

Director (Technical)

Mr. Clement Owusu holds a BSc. Administration (Accounting) from the University of Ghana Business School and MBA Finance with the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

He attended the West African Insurance Institute in The Gambia where he was awarded the prize for the Highest Scholastic Achievement.

He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, UK. Mr. Owusu has also attended several seminars and workshops, some of which are:

  • Ghana Market Reinsurance Seminar
  • International Aviation Insurance Course (Willis, London)
  • Comprehensive Technical Programme in General Insurance (National Insurance Academy,Pune, India)

Mr. Owusu has also written various articles on insurance for the Ghana Market as well as the CII Journal.Prior to his appointment, He worked as an underwriter with Ghana Reinsurance Company Ltd from 2006.

Mr. Owusu is a visiting lecturer at the West African Insurance Institute in Banjul,The Gambia.

He is currently the Board Chairman of Royal Insurance Gambia Ltd.

Mr. Steve Odjugo

Regional Director (Nigeria)

Mr. Dipo Gbenro

Senior Manager (Technical) Life

Mr. Dipo Gbenro started his Insurance and Reinsurance career with Triumph Assurance Company in 1988 and moved to Globe Reinsurance Plc in 1993. He left Globe Re in 2009 to join Alliance and General Insurance Company Ltd as a Divisional Director (Business Development).

Mr. Gbenro Dipo is a graduate of Insurance from the Lagos State Polytechnic and holds an M.B.A (Marketing Management) from the Lagos State University; he is an Associate member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (ACIIN).

In his quest for advancement and management of both capital and human resources, he has attended many courses, conferences, seminars and workshops both at local and international fora on reinsurance, risk management, marketing and management courses. Mr. Gbenro is happily married.

Mrs. Anna Ndiaye

Regional Director (Francophone)

Mrs. Anna Ndiaye graduated from the Institut Supérieur de Management de Dakar with a MBA 2 in Marketing – Customer Relationship Management. She joined BEST RE AFRICA’s team in 2007 where she was in charge of administration, communication and factual matters.

In October 2010 she was in charge of facultative underwriting (receipt of offers, treatment and management of business facultative and treaties).

Mrs. Anna Ndiaye received training on Insurance in 2008 at the Centre de formation professionnelle en assurance de Dakar and was awarded an Insurance training certificate. She also attended a seminar on Reinsurance fundamentals and another seminar on the implementation of reinsurance programmes and establishment of technical accounts.

She is happily married with three children.

Mr. Sunday Segun Asake

Senior Manager (Technical)

I was born in Ikoro Ekiti, a town in western Nigeria on 26th January, 1969. I am a Christian and married man.

In the earlier part of my life, I displayed rare skill in figures and leadership, culminating in prizes that were given to me in recognition of my talent in both my elementary and secondary schools days. In the later years, I displayed this natural gift in my exciting carrier in the Nigerian Insurance industry in different departments within the Technical divisions of various insurance companies as summarized below: A passionate teacher and financial consultant.

I joined Reinsurance department of UNIC Insurance PLC in the year 1991 as a clerical officer but as a result of my hardworking and unrelenting effort I was promoted to various positions and finally to Superintendent 1998.The position I was until year 2001 when I resigned.

In the year 2001 precisely 26th of June, I joined Phoenix of Nigeria Assurance Plc, as an Assistant Manager/ Head of Reinsurance & Statistics Department. Upon confirmation in year 2002 , I was made Manager Reinsurance, Statistics and Claims department and in 2005 I was made Senior manager Technical, reporting to Head Technical to oversee technical activities of the company.

As a result of the industry recapitalization exercise of 2007 which led to the marriage of Royal Exchange Assurance and Phoenix of Nigeria, I was redeployed to Royal Exchange Assurance as a Manager 1 to coordinate the Underwriting activities of some branches called Lagos unit 2 and Latter as Head of Marine and Aviation Department.

In 2013, I was elevated to the position of senior manager / Head of underwriting General Businesses, the position I occupied till 1st April,2015 when I resigned my appointment and joined WAICA Reinsurance corporation as Nigeria Country Manager.

I am an alumnus of University of Lagos, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomosho, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife; where I obtained degrees in Accounting(second class upper)and Accounting, PGD. Computer Science, MBA Financial Mgt respectively. And an Associate member of both Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (ACIIN) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA).

I have attended both local and overseas courses and seminars.

Mrs. Hanene Boukhris

Regional Director – North Africa

An ambitious character that started her career with the la Méditerranéenne d’Assurances et de Réassurance “MARE” in Tunisia, she is an experienced professional with a strong background in Reinsurance Brokerage. Indeed, she served the reinsurance brokerage firm for ten (10) years with a senior position as Reinsurance Manager.

She is currently working at WAICA Reinsurance Corporation as the Regional Manager of Maghreb which will greatly help to extend WAICA Re’s reach into North African markets. Hanene brings to the region her extensive reinsurance experience in the Tunisian and North African markets.

Hanene holds a Science Bachelor’s degree (BSc.) in Accounting from the high school of Tunisia “ISG Tunis” in 2005. She is recognised as a strategic leader and critical thinker, with a strong record of execution in multiple environments and cultures.

She has attended many courses, conferences, seminars and workshops in Reinsurance, Risk Management, Finance and Accounting.

Mr Monday Utomwen

Chief Risk Officer

Monday is a graduate of the University of Benin and National Open University of Nigeria, where he obtained a degree in Geography and Regional Planning and a MBA in Financial Management respectively. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria. His career which spans over 15 years has seen him work in underwriting, reinsurance, claims, marketing and risk management.

He started his career with Nigerian Ports Authority as an Insurance Officer in 2002. He worked in Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc., Nigeria, as the Head, Compliance and ERM, at KBL Insurance Ltd., Nigeria, as the Chief Risk Officer. This also includes practical work experience in Zenith General Insurance Ltd and International Energy Insurance Ltd both situated in Nigeria.

Monday has been actively involved in the business process re-engineering of the different organizations he has worked. He once served as the Chairman, ICT Steering Committee, Convener, Management Risk Committee, and he was also part of the Management Team that repositioned Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc., which saw the company paying dividend to the shareholders for 2017 financial year.

Monday has attended various training organized locally and internationally, he is a Fellow, Risk Management Society of Nigeria (FRMN), a Certified Risk Analyst (CRA), USA, a Certified Risk and Compliance Management Professional (CRCMP), USA and an affiliate member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). He is a PECB Certified ISO31000 Lead Risk Manager, a PECB Certified Lead Disaster Recovery Manager, a PECB Business Continuity Lead Implementer and a Certified Risk Trainer.

Monday is highly motivated, and goal driven.

Mrs. Binty Kamara

Manager (Admin and HR)

An enthusiastic character that started her insurance career with the Nationwide Insurance brokers in Sierra Leone in 1987. She later on decided to integrate into the Milton Margai college of Education and Technology where she studied French and English Language.

She went to Guinea in 1997, and with her pre knowledge in French and insurance; she was employed by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) where she served as a teacher and then Vice Principal of the school. She was promoted to Field Officer, Tracing & Reunification of Separated & Unaccompanied Children for the Forecariah region in 2000

Late in 2000, the post of Administrative Officer was advertised for the Forecariah region by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She applied, and among dozens of internal and external candidates that applied, she made an outstanding performance and was offered the post.

She was later promoted to the post of Senior Administrative Officer for the IRC Conakry office and then later to Administrative Manager of the N’zerekore field office where she was given the responsibilities of managing administrative issues as well as the insurance needs of the organization including property and staff. She was then made head of the sub office.In N’zerekore, she introduced a welfare committee referred to as the Staff Welfare Committee which was geared towards responding to staff personal issues such as, weddings, funerals, child naming ceremonies, as top management did not pay much attention to some of these pertinent staff issues.She also served in the IRC Mann office as a Field Coordinator, an international position.

Mrs. Binty Kamara has attended trainings in Kenya-Ambosele National Park on Administration and also Security, Monitoring and Evaluation trainings in Istanbul, Turkey. Binty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone.

Mr. Winston Kuti-George, FCII, FABE, SIRM, CMgr MCMI

Manager (Technical)

Mr. Winston Kuti-George has amassed no less than twelve years experience in Insurance, Risk Management and Strategic Business Management. He is currently working at WAICA Reinsurance Corporation as the Assistant Manager (Technical).

Prior to his engagement with WAICA Re, he was the Medical and Travel Manager for a period of eleven years at Great Alliance Insurance Company Ltd in Banjul, The Gambia. Between 2008 and 2010, he worked as an Associate Consultant with Online Computer Software, an Information Technology service provider powered by Mr. M.K.Samassekou in Mali. Two key highlights of his consultancy venture with Online Computer Software are the successful computerization projects that streamlined the business operations of Aureol Insurance Company and Reliance Insurance Trust Corporation (RITCORP), both based in Sierra Leone, through the deployment of the Complete Insurance Software Solutions (CISSOL) software package.

He has worked with KEW Consultancy in Banjul - a management consultancy firm and CWAD Consultancy in Banjul - a media consultancy firm. In addition, he has also partnered with the Managing Director of Acris International, a UK based insurance fraud and risk assessment firm undertaking assignments on behalf of the US, London and African insurance markets.

Mr. Kuti-George has chaired various committees and authored a number of articles on Insurance Fraud and Employee Engagement which are published quarterly by the Insurance Association of the Gambia (IAG). He has also hosted radio programs and given lectures on behalf of the IAG for the progress and development of the Insurance industry in the Gambia. He is well recognized by the Insurance Association of the Gambia for his commitment and dedication to insurance development in the country.

Mr. Winston Michael Kuti-George is a Fellow of the Association of Business Executives in the UK, a Chartered Insurance Practitioner of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) UK, and a member of the underwriting faculty of the Chartered Insurance Institute UK. He holds a graduate diploma in Religious Studies, School of Religious Studies in Banjul. In 2005, he graduated with distinction from the West African Insurance Institute (WAII), College of Insurance and Risk Management and won three scholastic awards in Reinsurance, Marketing and Agency Management and Agricultural Insurance. He has attended many training programs, workshops and conferences.

He now lectures on Insurance at the West African Insurance Institute - Sierra Leone Chapter as well as Religious courses at the 21st Century Global World Mission Bible School – Sierra Leone Chapter.

Additionally, he is also a Chartered member of the Chartered Management Institute, UK, and a Specialist member of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), UK.

He is currently pursuing a MBA (Law) degree with Anglia Ruskin University based in the UK.

He is happily married with 3 strong boys.

Mr. Claudine A.E. Davies

Head of Information Technology and Research

Claudine is an ICT professional with an innate passion for excellence and a strong grounding in Software Engineering, Database development and Network Infrastructure design and deployment. Having graduated from the University of Brighton in the UK, with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business Software Development, Claudine has worked for a number of Software Development houses and ICT service providers, teaming up with expert co-workers to develop and maintain quality and reliable software applications and implement ICT infrastructures that invariably met the ever-evolving needs of numerous private and public sector clients.

Claudine had a brief spell as a self-employed Systems Analyst, Web Applications Developer and Computer Programmer, during which he helped automate and make more efficient the systems of private sector houses such as educational establishments and a few non-governmental organisations.

He was later employed by Tiwai Memory Masters, a company where he ascended to lead the team charged with undertaking web development contracts.

Claudine joined WAICA Reinsurance Corporation Plc in August, 2012 as the Head of the IT Department of WAICA Re. He has continued his quest to produce results by leading the charge that ensures that the IT Unit consistently stands as the unshakeable pillar of support upon which the reinsurance business of WAICA RE can lean on as the company increases its strides to enhance market growth, increase revenue and business productivity.

He is currently pursuing a MBA degree programme with the University of Nicosia, which is situated in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Claudine has deeply entrenched humanitarian propensities and cares about causes which would help to mitigate poverty, empower women and children and minimise youth unemployment, not only in Sierra Leone but in Africa and beyond.

Claudine is a registered member of the British Computing Society (BCS).

He is happily married with two adorable daughters.

Mrs. Hawa Bah

Credit Controller

With a passion for client satisfaction and a track record of excellent service delivery both in the private and public sectors of Sierra Leone, Hawa started her professional career with Africell Sierra Leone Limited, serving as the company’s first corporate accounts officer and proceeded to work for Ecobank Sierra Leone Limited where she unswervingly balanced customers’ delight and the bank’s portfolio growth in her roles as Head of the Public Sector unit and as Head of Customer Services.

Hawa has also served the public sector of Sierra Leone both at the Ministry of Trade and Industries, and at the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit, where she was an instrumental team player in sourcing and managing funds and benchmarking policies leading to Sierra Leone’s eligibility for the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation Funding.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and a Masters degree in Education from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone and has attended several trainings in Portfolio Management, Marketing and Customer Services.